Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Night of Inspiration

Luciano Pavarotti [R.I.P 1935-2007]Image by Famouti via Flickr

Good Evening to All!

Before I get on with my post, I would like to give a little information about my tomorrow's post. As you know I usually do a Bible Challenge on Sundays and give the answers on Monday evening. I will also be hosting a Give-Away to go along with the Bible Challenge, so please check it out. It's fun, and the prize is really neat.

I was on Facebook earlier and read about the earthquake that reached 8.8 on the rector scale in Chile. I placed the people of Chile on my Prayer Line and my personal prayer list. I ask you to do the same. Thank you.

The Vision of Future Greatness

When Luciano Pavarotti was a boy, his grandmother put him on her lap and said, "You're going to be great, you'll see." And this she often repeated into his life....blessing him with a great vision of the future.

His mother hoped and dreamed of him becoming a banker. "Instead," Pavarotti explains, "I ended up teaching elementary school and sang only infrequently. But my father constantly prodded me and said I was singing below my potential."

Finally, at the age of twenty-two, Pavarotti dumped teaching for selling life insurance to give him enough time and earnings in order to develop his vocal talent. He went to school, he took private lessons and practiced and practiced.

"Studying voice was the turning point of my life," says the world famous opera star. "It's a mistake to take the safe path in life. If I hadn't listened to my father and dropped teaching, I would never be here. And yes, my teacher groomed me. But no teacher ever told me I would become famous. Just my grandmother!"

The power of the spoken word into the life of a child can be life changing. When you think of it...the tongue hold the power of blessing or cursing , building up or tearing down, encouraging or discouraging. Mother, grandmother, stop and think with me... what kind of words have you been speaking into the ears of the children you love? When you bless with your words....you are giving approval, you are giving permission to succeed, you are raising the sights, you are creating a future vision, you are releasing that child to do and become all that they can be!

Excellence

"None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when she listens to this whisper which is heard by her alone." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not withhold good form those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so. (Proverbs 3:27)

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Daily Inspirations from the NIV

Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:15

The reference according to the New King James Reference states: (15) Speaking the truth in love suggests that all that believers say or do should be honest and true, and said or done in a loving manner.

If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him by the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

I believe criticism is a natural human trait. We are all critical of one another to a certain extent, be it a lot or a little. I don't see anything wrong with being critical under certain conditions. For example if someone ASKS me for my opinion, or if I am in charge of something that someone else is taking part in, for a couple of examples. The Key is how to be critical. As God's Word said above say it with compassion and a good attitude. Be tactful and do not sound like you are better than the person who you are giving criticism. I have had both kinds, and I will take the constructive criticism ( good attitude, helpful and tactful) a lot better than the criticism that someone just blurts out and says in a "cutting down" type of attitude. All that does is succeed in getting me angry or hurting my feelings. So if you must give criticism, always remember how you would like to be talked to and use that as your gauge. I have to catch myself at times and rephrase what I want to say before I say it, because it's much easier to speak without thinking.

Good Night to All and May God Bless!

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